Rockabilly is often
seen simply as a genre of music from the mid-1950�s. However, rockabilly style, including the fashion and look of
the artists who brought the genre to life, is still seen today.
It became somewhat of a sub-culture that has faded but never
disappeared from the music scene.
Rockabilly style imitates the
artists who created the movement in the 1950�s. Early Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash, as well as Buddy Holly
and even Jerry Lee Lewis sported the pastel and Daddy-O shirts with their
collars worn over the collar of an oversized jacket.
None worn blue jeans � they all preferred slacks, with creeper
shoes completing the look.
Rockabilly style hair was worn in a
pompadour fashion, with Brylcreem and Genuine B&W Pomade being the
products of choice to keep the hair greased and hardened in place for
these popular artists.
The rockabilly style of music
included an upright slap bass, with a strong, elemental beat, rhythms
distinctly descended from the rhythm and blues style popular in the
1950�s, and the twang of the early country music.
This blend that became known as rockabilly style has been
influential all music and helped shape rock and roll into what it has
become over the years.
In more modern times, rockabilly
style has seen a bit of a resurrection, with artists like The Stray Cats
in the 1980�s, and, more recently, the adoption of the style of dress by
punk and rock bands. For
example, one of the most popular bands today, Weezer, can frequently be
seen sporting Daddy-O style shirts and �Buddy Holly� glasses.
The original rockabilly style defined an era, but
more importantly, it has influenced many other eras since, both musically
and in fashion. Look around,
and you�ll see traces of it everywhere you go.